Hooker Boots (oxfordtweed) wrote in little_details,
Hooker Boots

Compression Fracture in a Dog's Tail

Where: London
When: Now
Searched: healing time for broken bone dog, healing time for broken bone tail dog, healing time for broken bone tail spaniel, healing time crush fracture dog, compression fracture heal time dog, + checked tags

The dog in question had its tail stepped on at some point, causing it to break. Since it was just its tail, and nothing life- or mobility-threatening, and with other circumstances involving the death of a family member arising, the owners never did anything about the dog's tail.

If it matters, the dog is some sort of medium-sized spaniel, with long hair. Probably going to be some sort of Springer mix, but I've not settled on anything yet.

Now, this is really more of a case of how much can I get away with, rather than being totally accurate. But I'd still like to be believable, so now I ask my odd question.

Some time after the dog's tail has been broken, the person who has taken over care for the dog notices the break in its tail. So, my first question is how long would the area remain tender? MC (who probably doesn't even know basic first aid, and if he ever did, he's forgotten it) needs to be able to know that the break is still "fresh" as it were (and not just an old break that had healed funny), and probably the best way for him to know this would be from a physical cue from the dog. All of the information I've been able to find has been about a dog's leg, and how you shouldn't walk it for up to 6-8 weeks after, but I'm not sure how much of this is relevant, and it doesn't really tell me what the dog actually feels.

After MC discovers the break in the dog's tail, he'll take it to a vet. He's not so much interested in getting the poor animal mended, but he wants to know how old the break is. Presumably, the older the break, the more difficult this would be, but is there a way to more or less accurately 'backdate' the time of the break? I don't necessarily need it to the day, but how old could the break be to still be within a ±2 day estimate?

If this is possible, what are the methods by which the vet would use to determine this? If it's not possible, what would be the next best thing that would still be an awesome way to solve a murder?
Tags: ~animals: pets, ~veterinary care

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